SOS Hillary Clinton’s Tuesday Appointment Schedule
It’s all about Israel today.
9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Senator George Mitchell, Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, at the Department of State.
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11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton calls Quartet Representative Tony Blair.
12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends President Obama’s bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House.
3:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting with President Obama, at the White House.
4:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at Blair House.
Everything I have seen and read about this Netanyahu visit indicates that it will be an opportunity to not only discuss the myriad of issues impacting both countries, but it will be used to reassure nervous members of Congress (ie. Democrats) that the US-Israeli “special relationship” is still, in fact, special. In other words, don’t expect anything but smiling photo ops and constant reassurances that the U.S. “is totally committed to Israel’s security” and that the “bond between the US and Israel in unshakeable” etc. etc.
One of the big questions is whether the Mayor of Jerusalem will take this opportunity to pull one of his usual stunts and announce an expansion of illegal settlements in East Jerusalem. Many in the Israeli media are betting that he will do just that in an attempt to undermine direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Stay tuned.